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Ghost Party’s Debut Album ‘Ghost Moves’ – A Psychedelic Cosmic Journey | Out This Friday!

  • June 12, 2024
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Ghost Party’s Debut Album ‘Ghost Moves’ – A Psychedelic Cosmic Journey | Out This Friday!

Ghost party, ghost moves, indie rock, psychedelic

Ghost Party, the Texas-based psych-revival cosmic country outfit, makes a striking debut with their album ‘Ghost Moves.’ The band masterfully blends nostalgic musical motifs into an intriguing new soundscape that feels both familiar and fresh.

The album opens with “Teenage Shaman,” a droney homage to the Spacemen 3 sound. This track delves into themes of isolation and dejection, enveloped in a dense wall of sound. It seamlessly transitions into the cosmic balladry of “Cardboard Moon” and the evocative title track “Ghost Moves,” setting the tone for the album’s emotional journey.

Switching gears, the album then bursts into three rollicking, sun-drenched psychedelic country tunes. These tracks capture the carefree spirit of Gram Parsons and his modern disciples, like Beachwood Sparks and The Nude Party. A lively desert stomp concludes Side A with a burst of energy and enthusiasm.

Side B, for those enjoying the vinyl experience, holds some stark surprises. It begins with the somber, four-track cassette recording “Baby Baby,” a whisper-quiet late-night confessional. “Guest List” follows with its introspective storytelling, leading into the retro powerhouse “Severed Hands.” The side wraps up with “After Hours,” a bold venture into krautrock territory.

Throughout “Ghost Moves,” Ghost Party remains true to their vintage aesthetic. The album is a treasure trove of analog audio delights, thanks to the expert production of Steve Christensen, renowned for his work with Khruangbin. The sound is rich with Farfisa organs, Mellotrons, Moogs, 12-string guitars, harmonies, and lush reverb.

Lyrically, McCullough Ferguson, the principal singer-songwriter, captures surreal themes of loss and isolation, interspersed with cosmic love letters. Ferguson reveals, “Everything on ‘Ghost Moves’ is true and is a first-person narrative, but I wanted it to be vague enough where the listener could easily put themselves into it. I also didn’t want it to be an absolute downer. The goal is always to be crafting the ultimate late-night driving jams.”

Ferguson is joined by Victor Sanchez on drums and Kendrick Ballard on keys and bass, with Will Van Horn contributing celestial pedal steel on three tracks. “Ghost Moves” is set to be released everywhere on June 14th, promising to be a standout addition to any music lover’s collection.

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Chris Ryan is an accomplished promoter, event planner, producer, activist, counselor, poet and blogger. Within the course of two and a half years Chris Ryan has worked with some of NYC's most established promoters/event planners, been named 2007′s GaySocialite of the year, granted a promoter of the year award from NYC's most famous gay establishment, Splash. He's worked in some of NYC's top venues including; Avalon, Capitale, Cipriani, Cielo, Pacha, Element, Le Poisson Rouge, XL, G Lounge, Plumm, Hilton Hotel, Indigo Hotel, Spirit, Myst/Quo, Splash, The Ritz, Vlada, Roseland Ballroom, Heaven, etc. In 2008, Chris Ryan has begun to unveil some of the most innovative & unique parties New York City has ever seen. The Fusion events "fuse" together all disciplines of art into an event that remains diverse yet cohesive at the same time. ChrisRyanNYC.com won best gay promotions website from NYC Event Patrons in 2008 & he was granted an award from the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, Gov. Patterson & Michelle Clunie (QAF) saluting him for his hard work in nightlife. Chris Ryan has also begun working with many renown companies, including; doctors, lawyers, physicians, modeling agencies & more. Chris Ryan has been responsible for wide-scale promotions for all these companies & generating tremendous business. Chris Ryan has even started to become National with events taking place in LA & Miami this year. In May of 2009 Chris Ryan received the very prestigious honor of being named a "40 Under 40″ Gays in America by the Advocate Magazine. He also created three successful parties that generated over 1,500 patrons each. In January of 2010 Chris Ryan was featured as one of the top promoters to look out for in Noize Magazine Chris Ryan joined forces with legendary promoter/event producer, Lee Chappell and created one of the most talked about events of all 2010, Desire @ Capitale. Chris Ryan and Lee featured one of the most outstanding artists NYC has ever seen, "Oh Land." Her performance coupled with an exquisite and unforgettable set design added to this extravagant event that held over 1,000 patrons in one of NYC's most successful PRIDE events! Chris Ryan then joined forces with legendary Pacha promoter, Rob Fernandez in addition to Jake Resnicow and Tommy Marinelli to bring one of the largest and most successful parties worldwide to NYC, MATINEE. The event on Governor's Island saw over 2,000+ attendees and one of the most ambitious productions ever. In 2011 Chris Ryan started Emerge Music Promotions with business partner Darren Melchiorre. Emerge Music promotions began signing artists with plans to develop and market the artists to the community at large. Emerge Music promotions has big events planned for 2012 and 2013. Chris Ryan debuted the IMAGE events which took place on top of two of NYC's most beautiful rooftop venues, Rare View and Indigo Hotel. The events were blogged everywhere and featured the fashion designs of several clothing designers, artists and photographers. Chris Ryan felt that fashion and art should be displayed at every event and attracted the likes of Malan Breton, Calvin Klein and even Katy Perry. Chris Ryan began an extremely successful event which incorporated the concept of a house party into a nightclub atmosphere. The event Twist'D at G Lounge has been one of the most talked about events in NYC and allows it's audience to play nearly-naked Twister, beer pong, flip cup & more with other attendees. Chris Ryan was granted an excellence in volunteering award from AVP (Anti-Violence Project) for all his efforts in supporting the organization. 2013 has a very promising landscape on the horizon and Chris Ryan is complacent in saying "you haven't seen anything yet!"

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